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Linens & Lace

Linens & Lace

Summer brings so many great things, but it also brings white EVERYTHING!  White lace, white linen pants, and more!  As your closet begins to fill with white we have 5 tips to help you keep those whites in the condition you bought them in!

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1. Wash Inside Out

This trick prevents delicate linens and lace from being picked by the machine or by other materials such as buttons.  Lace is especially delicate when it comes to being picked.  This can be avoided!

2. Protect Delicates

Most detergents simply aren’t gentle enough to use on fine linens. It’s imperative to use a mild “baby” detergent, or one that is non-alkaline and doesn’t contain bleach or brighteners. 

3. Button It Up

Take the time to button up and zip up your garments.  By doing this you are securing the garment. This can prevent extra wear and tear during the washing period.  Also by doing this after being cleaned your garments will stay in the condition you bought them in.

4. No Cramming

Keeping your closets and drawers from getting crammed keeps your linens and delicate fabrics from breaking down and getting ruined.  The constant wrinkling and ironing of the fabrics breaks down the fibers in the materials and ruins the garments. 

5. Stop Pouring

Pouring detergent directly onto the fabrics leaves room for error.  You can end up with blue stains on all white garments.  The best way to wash your whites and delicate linens are to let the tub fill with water and let the detergent dissolve into the water then add your garments.


Sandy’s Dry Cleaners are professionals when it comes to keeping your summer shades bright and white!  Call us (843-797-8411) or drop by those tricky linens that are a little too precious to handle on your own!

Make Dryer Sheets Your Best Friend

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.48.48 AMSure, dryer sheets are made to freshen your clothes in the dryer…but did you know that they can be used all around your house? Check out these 5 alternative uses that will be sure to make dryer sheets your newest best friend.

  1. Deodorizes: Throw a dryer sheet into your gym bag, backpack, and your shoes to keep everything smelling nice and fresh.
  2. Reduces Static: Rub a dryer sheet on your clothes or even your hair to get rid of that annoying static cling.
  3. Removes Dust: Trade your traditional duster in for one of your trusty dryer sheets.. A dryer sheet is the perfect duster for anything around your house because they absorb static like a pro.
  4. Sharpens scissors: Are your scissors not cutting as well as when you first bought them? Try wiping them with your best friend the dryer sheet to make them just like new.
  5. Cleans showers: Scrub y0ur shower with a dryer sheet to remove nasty soap scum.

Do you have other tips? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!

Cotton Candy? How About Candy on Cotton…

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We all love a little sweet treat every now and then…or everyday. As the weather heats up, our favorite sugary snacks tend to melt – all over our clothes. You make think those s’mores on your silk mean game over, but we have you covered!

S’mores on your Silk

Use a dab of a mild dish-washing soap or liquid hand soap and a soft cloth or clean sponge to try to remove the chocolate stain from the silk clothing. Lightly rub the soap into the spot with warm water. Scrubbing too vigorously may rip or otherwise damage the fibers.

Rinse out the silk item and allow it to dry. You can either let it air dry or put it in the clothes dryer on an air-only cycle to prevent shrinkage. If stains remain, apply a laundry-stain pre-treatment that is safe to use on silk and let soak for 30 minutes. 

Candy on your Cotton

Allow any clumps of chocolate to harden, then scrape away as much as possible using a spoon or dull knife. Apply a stain treatment to the stained area. Any at home products will work fine.

Allow the application to soak for several minutes. If the stain is large or ground into the fabric, allow the stained area to soak in a bowl filled with cold water and detergent. Launder as usual with cold water. Avoid using warm or hot water as this can set the stain.

Hang the clothing to dry completely and ensure the stain is removed before placing it in the dryer for future cleanings.

 

The best way to get any stains out – candy or not, is all about timing. The quicker you get to working the stain out, the better the result will be! If you have any tough ones, send them our way – we are happy to help!

 

 

How to Prep Your Linens for a Holiday Party

 

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Will you be hosting any holiday parties this season? Whether you’re preparing for a Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday party, it’s important to get your linens ready! Waiting till the last minute can cause stress that is easily avoided. Here’s how to be totally prepared ahead of time, so that you can host and enjoy friends and family!

First, plan ahead of time what linens you will need for the party. Examples might include: placemats, tablecloths, cloth napkins, table runners, kitchen towels, etc. From there, take stock of what you already have in the house. If any pieces appear stained, damaged, or frayed, you may want to look into replacing those items.

There’s nothing less appetizing than reaching for a dusty dinner towel. Don’t fall victim to this party plunder! Linens are delicate, and it’s easy to make mistakes when cleaning them yourself. Take your linens to a professional laundry service for the best, and most convenient, results.

Planning the little details of your holiday party ahead of time will save you a major headache the day of. Are you planning any friend or family gatherings this month or next?

For help making your linens sparkle, come see us! Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services!

 

 

How to Make Old Towels Fluffy Again

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 New bath towels are soft and plush and nothing is more disappointing than when your luxury towels begin to feel…not so luxurious. Luckily for you, there are a few quick fixes that you can make in order to get your towels feeling like new again.

Wash your towels with vinegar and baking soda.

One of the culprits for tough and scratchy (and sometimes even smelly) towels is too much detergent and fabric softener. In order to reverse the effects that soap has wreaked on your towels, simply run them through on hot water with one cup of vinegar and again on hot water with a half cup of baking soda. This will strip the soap residue off of your towels, leaving them soft and smooth again.

Wash your towels with water softening tablets or Borax.

A second culprit for ruining your towels is hard water. You can solve this problem by dropping a tablet into the washer. You can also create a natural detergent by mixing a half cup of Borax with a cup of washing powder and dissolving in hot water. Pour this mixture into a 2 liter bottle and fill the rest with water. Use 1-2 cups of this homemade detergent per load.

Dry your towels with dryer balls.

You can buy dryer balls from the store or throw a tennis ball into the dry cycle. Dry your towels on low heat. The dryer balls help to circulate air and dry your towels faster.

In general, it’s best to wash and dry your towels separate from the rest of your clothes in order to keep them in tip top condition. For any other laundry problems, come see us! Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

How To Clean Suede

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Suede is a wonderful material for winter wear because it helps keep us warm and cozy. However, it can be a pain if you happen to get a stain on it. Because suede is really tricky to get clean, you need to be extra careful. Check out these tips for keeping your suede clothes and shoes looking brand new!

Read the product label.

Not all clothing that is labeled “suede” is actually made out of suede. There are many different types, so it’s important to know what material you’re dealing with. Luckily, if yours isn’t the real deal, faux suede is much easier to clean than authentic suede.

Don’t let wet stains soak into the fabric.

Suede is one of those materials that you just can’t get wet. If a wet substance drops onto your clothing, immediately blot it up with a towel. If the liquid gets below the surface, the suede will be much more difficult to clean.

Rub an eraser against dry stains.

You can easily remove dried stains by using the eraser of a pencil or a stiff paint brush against it. However, this method typically works just for surface stains.

Bring your suede to Sandy’s.

By having your suede professionally dry cleaned, you don’t run the risk of ruining the material or causing stains to set in even further. We can guarantee that your suede clothing will come out looking as good as new.

 

Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

Why You Should Preserve Your Wedding Dress

Why You Should Preserve Your Wedding Dress | Sandy's Cleaners

Your wedding dress is sentimental. It’s the dress that you spent months–maybe even your entire life–searching for and the dress that you walked down the aisle in to marry the love of your life. But after the wedding, what do you do with the dress? Although you probably can’t wear it again every weekend, there are other ways to keep it around–preserve your wedding dress!

At Sandy’s, we are able to professionally clean and preserve your wedding dress so that it looks just like new, even when you open it up again in twenty years. If you need any further convincing, here are a few reasons that you should consider saving and preserving your dress.

Wedding dresses are expensive.

Your wedding dress probably cost at least a quarter of your entire wedding budget. That’s not an amount of money that is easy to part with. Keep it with you by holding onto your beautiful wedding dress.

Getting your dress professionally preserved will keep it from aging.

Even stains in your dress that aren’t visible now can eventually start to yellow. By having your dress professionally cleaned and preserved, all stains will be removed and your dress will be put into a special box that will keep it just like new.

Pass your dress down to other women in your family.

Was your dress too beautiful to only be worn once? Imagine how beautiful your younger sister, little cousin, or even your daughter will look in it, as well.

Keep the dress as an heirloom.

Create a family tradition by keeping your dress preserved and passing it down among family members. It may be strange to think about now, but your great-great-grandchildren will love to hear about your wedding and see your wedding dress.

Wear your dress again for an anniversary party.

Could you imagine spending your 5th, 10th, maybe even 25th anniversary in the very dress that you first married your husband in? You don’t have to wear it only once–keep it around for those momentous occasions.

 

 

We offer professional wedding dress cleaning and preservation at each of our seven locations. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

Beat The Heat: Humidity and Your Clothes

Summer in the South: a season full of beach days, cookouts, great friends, and…. humidity.

 

You’ve probably noticed that the air here in Charleston is not only hot, but thick and sticky. The southern summer sun brings tan skin and sunshine-filled days, but good ole humidity has been bringing frizzy hairdos to the Lowcountry since before we can remember. The humidity and heat unfortunately can do some damage to your clothes if not cared for properly. We want to give you tips on how to prevent damage so you can continue to enjoy the summer without suffering any losses

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How Does Humidity Ruin Clothes?

First, let’s talk about how damage from humidity happens. Humidity brings moisture to the air. Mold and mildew thrive in oxygen and moisture filled environments. Since there’s not a really great chance you’ll be getting rid of oxygen, your best bet to avoid damage is to try to get rid of the moisture.

 

Care for Your Closet

A moist closet is a goldmine to mildew and mold. To prevent moisture damage to your clothes, invest in a dehumidifier to put in your closet. The money saved from undamaged clothes will far surpass the money spent on the dehumidifier. If you do not want to buy a dehumidifier, consider heating your closet. Cool air can help keep the air moist.

 

How to Remove Mold and Mildew

Sometimes, regardless of how hard you try, the moisture in the Lowcountry’s air is able to damage your clothes. If this happens and you notice it quickly, you can try caring for it at home — make sure you use protective gloves and a mask. Remove all loose mold and soak the garment in cold water and a mild detergent for at least an hour. Then allow it to sun dry completely before putting it back in your closet.

 

If this method does not seem to work for you, bring it into Sandy’s and we’lll work some magic to restore your clothing!

 

Summer in Charleston is so wonderful — don’t let humidity ruin your clothes OR your fun!

Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

How to Care For 3 Common Stains

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your clothes. Spills and stains can ruin a perfect outfit – especially when you don’t take care of it properly. The three most common stains are ink, blood, and grease. At Sandy’s Cleaners, we see a lot of stained clothes that have been cleaned improperly, making them much more difficult to treat. Here are some tips on what to do right when these stains happen.

Grease Stain Fixed at Sandy's Cleaners

Ink

An ink stain is a very common stain, and we see it often. A lot of garments come to our stores with ink stains that are improperly cared for. The first thing to remember is not to rub the stain! It’s almost a natural reaction to grab a cloth and rub a stain with water, but this actually allows the ink to further set in. Instead, put a dab of rubbing alcohol on the stain and let it sink in before washing it. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, hand sanitizer or hair spray will work as well.

Blood

Nosebleeds, papercuts, and a scraped knee on the playground are inevitable. However, this doesn’t have to be the end of the road for your favorite clothes! Once the accident happens, put cold water on it as soon as possible. Make sure the water is cold!!!! Larger stains will need to be submerged in a sink or bowl. Once you’ve rinsed the spot for a minute or two, put a little soap on the stain, and then rub that in as well. Try to get the garment cleaned as soon as you can. As always, Sandy’s is glad to help!

Grease

Grease is a tough stain to remove, but not impossible. A lot of grease stains occur at home while cooking or eating, so the first thing to do is take the article of clothing off and care for it. Grease is one of the stains that’s more difficult to remove once time has passed. Put laundry detergent, stain remover, or a powdery substance (baby powder or cornstarch), on the stain and wash or dry clean it ASAP.

Accidents happen! Here at Sandy’s, we’re happy to help you with those accidents and ensure that your clothes stay beautiful and clean. Now, with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island, Sandy’s Cleaners is truly your neighborhood dry cleaner. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our convenient locations to learn more about the services offered at Sandy’s Cleaners! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

Wedding Dress Care Tips

Sandy’s Cleaners would like to extend our congratulations to all the summer brides this season! We understand that though this is such an exciting time, it can also be quite stressful. We would love to help relieve some of that stress for you with a few tips on how to care for your beautiful wedding gown before, during and after your big day.

Wedding Dress Care Tips from Sandy's Cleaners

Before the Wedding

Make sure you hang the gown in a place where it will not be squished or stepped on. Also, though it is tempting, do not touch the dress if not absolutely necessary! As your wedding day approaches, get the gown pressed one last time. At Sandy’s, we are happy to do this job for you!

The Big Day

When the day of your wedding finally arrives, you do not want anything to go wrong. We want you to have as little stress as possible! Make sure you wear waterproof mascara to avoid a black tear stain on your gorgeous white gown. Slide the gown over your head smoothly and put on jewelry last to avoid snagging. Once you have your dress on, try to sit as little as possible before the ceremony because sitting creates creases.

If you do experience a day-of dress emergency, we will always do our best to help if possible. In fact, we’ve been known to care for a bride’s dress the day of her wedding, and were happy to be able to fix the problem for her.

Preserving the Gown

Our recommendation is to absolutely have a professional preserve your dress for you. There are special steps we can take to keep your gown as pristine as possible – giving you that perfect heirloom piece to pass down through the generations.

However, once preserved professionally, we don’t recommend taking the dress out, so if wearing it again around the house (we understand – no judgment here) is what you’d prefer, getting the dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible is key. This will help eliminate any champagne or white wine stains that may not be visible now, but will yellow your dress with time.

If you opt to have your dress cleaned versus professionally preserved, you can use the following steps to preserve it yourself. First, get a big, clean box and fold the gown carefully. Make sure you do not crease it! Use acid-free tissue paper between the folds of the dress, and then wrap the tissue paper around the gown completely. Put the box in a dark, dry storage space, and when you want to open the box again, just make sure to be very gentle when taking it out of the packaging.

We want to once again say congrats to all the beautiful new brides this season! If there is any way we can make this special day easier for you, please call or just come in.

Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island, Sandy’s Cleaners is truly your neighborhood dry cleaner. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our convenient locations to learn more about the services offered at Sandy’s Cleaners!

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